So you’ve read about gambling online, or maybe heard it mentioned in the media, and you’re gonna give it a try. Okay, on your mark, get set — wait!

Before you venture forth it’s time for a quick reality check because the road to online gambling riches is not without its potholes. Here are a few caveats to illuminate the path ahead.

  1. What’s a download? Why do I care?

One of the first questions you’ll be faced with if you decide to gamble online is whether you want to play games that require you to download and install software — these are called “download” games — or perhaps you’d prefer games that simply run over the web — called “no download” games.

This is not a small question and we recommend our own To Download or Not for further guidance on this tricky subject.

  1. So now I’ve downloaded. What now?


With no-download games it’s pretty obvious what you need to do to start the action but with download games it may not be so obvious. You could go back to the casino’s website and read their instructions, they all have them, but if you’re impatient like me you just want to get to it!

The first step after downloading is to install the kayaqq software and reboot your machine. I know, it shouldn’t be necessary, but the bottom line is that computers — especially those running Windows — behave best if you reboot after an install. Once you’re back up, click on the casino’s icon that was placeded on your desktop. If there’s no icon, check your Start menu under “Programs” and it will be at the bottom of the list.

nce you fire up the software it will probably connect to the casino’s home site, verify your install, …

Another season of baseball’s cross-league mixer has come to an end and I thought it would be interesting to discuss the results from both a statistical and a financial point-of-view.


First, a little background. For roughly a century, the American League and the National League played their regular season games oblivious of each other. The only time teams from the two leagues would see each other in a meaningful game would be during the World Series. But five years ago, baseball decided to add a handful of Interleague games to the schedule each season to help sell tickets.


Purists screamed and argued that the integrity of the game was at stake but I think the numerous work stoppages and outrageous salaries have taken care of that. I agree that interesting geographical World Series match-ups such as St Louis-Kansas City (“I-70 Series” in 1985), Oakland-San Francisco (“Bay Bridge Series” in 1989), or Yankees-Mets (“Subway Series” in 2000) lose some significance because the teams have met but I feel that this pales in comparison to the fact that a fan in Seattle would otherwise never gets to see great players like Bonds or Maddux and the fan in Atlanta wouldn’t get to see A-Rod or Clemens. Another good result is that the World Series should be slightly more competitive as the visiting teams will have a little more practice playing by the other league’s rules come October.


The schedule is still a mess as there are more NL teams, the divisions are different sizes and the league wants to promote geographic rivals every year. However, the concept is good and lots of tickets are being sold so it isn’t going away anytime soon. These games represent roughly 10% of the schedule so as a bettor it is worth your …

A copy of Geoff Mangum’s book has been kicking around the office for a couple of months. I hadn’t really had a chance to give it a good look until someone tossed it in my lap the other day and said “go for it.”

Gambling on the Internet is a tiny little book, small enough to fit in my shirt pocket, and yet it contains a surprising amount of information. The book lists its contents right on the cover:

So far so good, but what’s inside? The good 789betting news is there is actually a fair amount of good information between the wine-colored covers. Everything from the business side of internet gambling — including the key organizations and consultants — through a vast array of websites and on to horseracing and sports-betting is discussed.

Each section of the book has an introduction to get you up to speed on the subject at hand and enough details to get you started in whatever area interests you. And in each section there are more URLs than you can shake a stick at.

In fact the bulk of the book is website reviews, one per page. Actually one per half-page because the bottom half of each page is a (bad) photo of the respective site’s front page or logo. Unfortunately the reviews themselves are all over the map.

In some cases the reviews are brief, accurate and informative while others are downright misleading. Take on p.70, for example, which Mr. Mangum states is “very useful as a consumer watchdog site.” With all due respect to the fact is that that site is an infomercial run by Boss Media to interest players in online gambling and, in the words of a Boss Media representative, “funnel players to Boss Media casinos.” That’s not …

When I was at Foxwoods, rooms were at a premium, so I ended up sharing a room with top Irish tournament player Don Fagan, known as Anthony in his final-table heroics last year in Aruba. Shortly after we arrived in the room, we decided to make use of the safe provided. I placed my money and passport in the safe, as did Don, and then, as Don was the guest, I allowed him to pick our code. Don decided on 2020, which is a bit of a joke because he’s blind as a bat. He then decided that maybe we should take the money out and first have a practice go at locking and then reopening the safe, just in case. I mentally made a note to try to back Don to get to the second day of the big tournament whilst telling him, “Just go ahead and gamble, for god sakes.” He tried to, but eventually he cracked. Don took out all the contents of the safe and went through the practice routine, which worked like a dream. He then put our money back into the safe and repeated the operation. There’s a bit of a poker lesson in this, in that sometimes you can get from point A to point B without taking any risks at all. Others might have adopted a gung-ho attitude and taken a senseless risk to get to the exact same spot with no added upside.

By the way, 48 hours later, Don was being followed around the table games at the casino by an adoring audience who were hugely impressed with his total fearlessness while gambling at the tables. It’s amazing how a guy can go from making such a tight play at the safe to a loose play at the tables, with …



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The title race got a lot more interesting as Atletico Madrid thrashed league leaders Real 4-0 in the capital’s clasico on Saturday.


Diego Simeone’s side won comprehensively, as the ‘BBC’ (Bale, Benzema & Cristiano) failed to register a single shot on target.


Barcelona tightened the screw with a vintage display at the San Mames the following night, running out 5-2 winners to shorten Real’s lead to a point. Atletico in third trail Real by four points.


Real reel as Atletico advance Fred Pentland remembered.


Fatigue seemed to have got the better of Real, whose derby defeat came three days after a 2-1 win over Sevilla, where Sergio Ramos and James Rodriguez succumbed to injury.


Ramos is out for three weeks with a torn hamstring but James’ broken toe will see the Colombian skip the key clash with Barça on the 22nd of March as well as the Round of 16 and probable Quarter-Finals of the UEFA Champions League.


So Real are once more ‘in crisis’ according to the press, emboldened by Carlo Ancelotti throwing them the biscuit that this was his worst defeat as a manager.


Normal service should be resumed this weekend at home to Deportivo La Coruna, but their European tie away to Schalke on the 18th is the real test. Losing the versatile James is a blow, but a knight in shining armour in the form of Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard might get an unexpected chance to impress.


* Cristiano Ronaldo turned 30, though his birthday bash had the unfortunate timing of a few hours after the debacle at the Manzanares. After showing a lack of spirit on the field, he and his well-munerated colleagues had no trouble letting off steam at the party, which drew …



Newsweek had a fascinating article titled “Do iPods Play Favorites” that reminded me of poker. The author, technology writer Steven Levy, bemoaned the fact that his iPod, which is supposed to play music randomly, seemed to play some songs over and over while some never got played at all. Of course, the author’s error was seeing patterns in what indeed are random events. If his iPod made sure that every song got played, it would not be random.


Poker players also face random events every time they play. Some players also have a hard time accepting the fact that the cards come off randomly, and that everything that can happen eventually will. People mumbling “Unbelievable!” every time their set loses, or “How could I miss this hand?” when their outs fail to materialize, exemplify this inability to accept random events as they come.


And poker players have plenty of company. The human mind has a hard time understanding the concept of randomness. The need to seek patterns is a central element of the brain. Consider a caveman who went out hunting and saw a lion eat his buddy. We know now that lions eat people (a pattern), but the caveman did not really know that. Nevertheless, if he was to survive, he could not think, “That may have been a totally random event. Maybe it was the only time in history that a lion ate a person.”


He needed to guess at a pattern immediately: “Maybe lions eat people; I had better avoid them.”


The better these people were at seeing patterns, the more likely they were to survive. And we inherit that trait today. Unfortunately, poker features a huge amount of randomness; the patterns that we think we see simply confuse us and …



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Newlands Rugby Ground

UWC Soccer Field

Stellenbosch Rugby Ground

UCT Rugby Ground

Bellville Rugby Ground

Athlone Stadium




Orlando Stadium

Dobsonville Stadium

Rand Stadium

Cecil Payne Stadium

Rabie Ridge Stadium

Ruimsig Stadium




SJ Smith Stadium

Chatsworth Stadium

Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium

King Zwelithini Stadium

Princess Magogo Stadium


Other regions


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Bafana Bafana – Southern Sun Keluaran HK Grayston Hotel and will train at Sandown High School

Honduras (Indaba Hotel Fourways)

Mexico (Thaba ya Batswana)

Netherlands (Hilton Sandton),

North Korea (Protea Hotel Midrand)

Serbia (Sunnyside Park Hotel)

Slovenia (Hyde Park Southern Sun)

Australia (Kloofzicht Lodge near Muldersdrift)

New Zealand (Serengeti Estate near OR Tambo)

Switzerland (Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark)




Argentina (High Performance Centre)

Germany (Velmore Hotel in Centurion)

Italy (Leriba Lodge outside Pretoria)

Slovakia (Villas Luxury Suite Hotel)

United States (Irene Country Lodge)


KwaZulu Natal


Algeria (Monduzur in San Lameer)

Cameroon (Oyster Box in Umhlanga)

Greece (Beverly Hills Hotel at Umhlanga Rocks)

Ivory Coast (Riverside Hotel)

Nigeria (Hampshire in Durban),

Paraguay (Woodridge Country Estate in the Midlands)

Portugal (Valley Lodge in Hillcrest)


Western Cape


Brazil (Fairway in Cape Town)

Denmark (Simola Hotel Country Club in Knysna)

France (Pezula Resort Hotel and Spa in Knysna)

Japan (Fancourt Hotel and Country Club outside George)


North West


England (Bafokeng Sports Campus in Rustenburg)

Spain (North West University campus in Potchefstroom)

South Korea (Hunters Rest Hotel in Rustenburg)




Chile (Ingwenyama Conference Centre)


Eastern Cape


Ghana (Rhoode Valley)


Northern Cape


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It’s tough being Urawa Reds. The “biggest club in Asia” tag is a difficult one to live down, even if the Saitama giants haven’t come close to winning a trophy for years.


The Reds burst onto the Asian football scene by winning the J. League under the swashbuckling auspices of German coach Guido Buchwald in 2006, before his more circumspect successor Holger Osieck steered the Saitama giants to Asian Champions League glory the following year.


But no sooner had Urawa begun to dominate the J. League than their world fell apart, as the popular Saitama side spectacularly disintegrated in the 2007 title race, prompting the dismissal of coach Osieck just two games into the 2008 season. Two more Togel Singapore German coaches followed, but neither Gert Engels nor Volker Finke could steer Urawa to the silverware they so desperately craved.


Enter Zeljko Petrovic. The Montenegrin coach enjoyed a peripatetic playing career, turning out for the likes of Dinamo Zagreb, Sevilla and PSV Eindhoven in a 16-year career spent largely in the Netherlands. Petrovic ended his playing days at small Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk – the club he coached in the Dutch second division in 2007-08 – but crucially he also enjoyed a three-year spell in Japan with Urawa Reds.


Petrovic’s time in Japan coincided with Urawa’s relegation to the second tier of the J. League and the charismatic coach knows all about the Reds’ storied history. Urawa packed out every game of their compact Komaba Stadium home in the second division and crowds have continued to grow since their move to the futuristic Saitama Stadium.


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*Shinji Kagawa hit a brace and Keisuke Honda added another as Japan downed South Korea 3-0 in Sapporo. Players wore black armbands in honour of former Japanese international Naoki Matsuda, who died a week ago, and observed a minute’s silence.


*Tottenham’s home match with Everton on Saturday has been postponed as the clean-up continues following the riots in London. The north Togel Singapore London area was the epicentre of the violence which spread to other English cities and forced an emergency debate today in the House of Commons.


*Cesc Fabregas’ move to Barcelona looks set to be finalised by the weekend. Arsenal are also negotiating to transfer Samir Nasri to Manchester City, leaving the Gunners three weeks to replace their best two players before the transfer deadline.


*Jack Warner ally Lisle Austin has been banned from football for a year by FIFA. The CONCACAF official was involved in the crazy in-fighting in May after Chuck Blazer shopped Warner and Mohamed Bin-Hammam for bribery. Austin ‘fired’ Blazer without authority, leaving CONCACAF to issue a press statement contradicting its acting president, who was subsequently dismissed. When Austin went to the Bahamian court to get his job back, FIFA isolated him.


*The FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia has reached the quarter-final stage. Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Guatemala, Saudi Arabia and South Korea fell by the wayside in the second round.


QF lineup: Brazil v Spain, Mexico v Colombia, France v Nigeria, Portugal v Argentina


*Jurgen Klinsmann’s first game in charge of the USA ended in a 1-1 draw with Mexico in front of 30,000 in Philadelphia, World Champions Spain lost 2-1 to Italy in Bari and Germany beat Brazil 3-2 in Stuttgart.


Football falls victim to London riots


The violence …